Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBA — Final Thoughts

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBA

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAI love the Negima! manga. Akamatsu-sensei has crafted a well-written story with interesting characters and fun to boot. So when an anime adaptation was announced, I was happy. However, the Negima! adaptation ended up falling well short of the mark for a whole slew of reasons. Then SHAFT got involved and made up their own version of Negima! with Negima!?. I accepted that for what it was but it really wasn’t what I wanted — I wanted a faithful adaptation of the Negima! manga. With this thee-episode OAD/OVA series, we get just that.

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAThe anime starts with the tail-end of the Mahora Festival main arc before moving onto the creation of Negima-dan (soon to be Ala Alba), which is around Volume 19, chapter 176 and continues to chapter 177, which has Eva’s test of Ala Alba at the summer festival. It is a shame that the Mahora Festival arc from the manga is skipped, but that would likely take an entire season’s worth of anime episodes to properly produce. So the anime writers skip this AND they skip the very important Asuna Training mini-arc. Oh well, at least we have something.

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAEpisode 2 basically covers chapters 178-180 (volume 20) which is the Anya introduction mini-arc. Things pretty much play like the manga, but seeing things come to life made the episode enjoyable just the same. I couldn’t help but laugh again at some of Anya’s antics and her rivalry with Ayaka. The episode having a brief glimpse at Asuna’s training reminded me of how I would have liked to have seen that as an episode.

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAEpisode 3 basically covers chapters 175, 183, then 181 – 182. This is mostly the little shorts Akamatsu-sensei did as well as the final preparations for the trip to Wales by Ala Alba. The good is seeing all this in anime form. Plus, the anime team added one story about Misora, Cocone, and Satsuki. I loved seeing Cocone finally animated. The negatives here were that one Sayo story showing her getting her mini doll to possess is dropped and the episode has a distinct feeling of Negima!?, which was a bit unnerving.

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAThere are weaknesses in art and animation which are mostly corrected by episode 3, but then that also helped give that episode its Negima!? feel. However, this focus on fun over substance may harm the next OAD/OVA series, which is supposed to be 4-episodes in length and take place after Ala Alba gets to the Magic World. So all the important stuff about Asuna, Ako, etc. are all missing. However, this is where the Japanese fall back to their standard position in such cases — this anime is designed for fans of the manga and therefore we expect them to fill in the blanks for the stuff we skip. That’s truly unfortunate but there’s nothing we can do about it. For those who’ve yet to read the manga, just do that. ^_^;;;

Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBAIn the end though, I think Negima! manga fans got what they wanted — a fairly faithful adaptation of some more low-key anime chapters that focus more on fun than on substance. After two failed TV series (in manga fan’s mind at least) as well as two blah OVA’s, this OAD series is a breath of fresh air. As such, I’d give it a 4 out of 5, but only for fans of the manga. If you haven’t read the manga, at best you might get a 3 out of 5 for this.

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13 Responses to “Mahou Sensei Negima! ~ Shiroki Tsubasa~ ALA ALBA — Final Thoughts”

  1. Ultimaniac says:

    I loved how closely they followed the manga! I even synched the audio to the manga to compare between them. The videos are on my youtube but just the first two.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They didn’t completely cut out Sayo’s doll. If you look in the 3rd OVA, you can see Asakura fiddling with it.

  3. AstroNerdBoy says:

    True, but the whole scene of Sayo taking possession of the doll and the revelation of what was inside was dropped. Since this is an OAD, time shouldn’t have been an issue and the scene wouldn’t have taken more than another minute or so. Oh well.

  4. Anonymous says:

    When’s the next OAD coming out?

  5. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I haven’t looked. Sometime this year IIRC. (Sorry, so tired at the moment and don’t feel up to looking it up. ^_^;;;)

  6. Hmm well the second OAD series according to this site“Volume 27 and Episode 1 will be released September. Preorder deadline in July.
    Volume 28 and Episode 2 will be released November. Preorder deadline in September.”

  7. Bah, I forgot to post specific dates -_-‘ well here is something more detailed (as quoted from a forum I lurk in):

    “OAD1 will release with Negima vol.27 limited edition on 17 sep. 09 and there will also have box for collect Phase2 OAD and pactio card too
    OAD2 will release with Negima vol.28 on 11 nov. 09 with pactio card”

  8. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Thanks for the info. ^_^

  9. Anonymous says:

    If only they turned this into a full length anime.

  10. Anonymous says:

    ohh man seriously such a good Anime, and they dont make it to the end… really sad, love this anime. !!

  11. Susana says:

    It was good show I love it. I hope I can see more episode new show. I only see you tube only episode 26. I wish see more ..

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